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Bell Manor to close for Reconstruction

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While nothing is listed online yet, notices have gone up at Bell Manor Loop in East Hamilton advising customers that Bell Manor Loop will close in late August for reconstruction.

The notice (pictured below) list the construction dates as “Late August to mid-September.”

* UPDATE The detour notice was posted this afternoon. Closure will take place Friday, August 23rd, at 7:00am to Friday, September 27th, 2019 at approximately 7:00pm.

When asked the Planning department for the City of Hamilton says that the work will include, “asphalt resurfacing and concrete works. Improvements include changes to the turning radii and reconfigured boarding/alighting areas for both platforms.”

Bell Manor Loop has long been plagued with a very small platform 2. Articulated 60′ buses at the stop only have the front door next to the platform. Passengers disembarking from the two rear doors have to hop down to the roadway and navigate between buses. Platform 1 is no better with buses unable to line up beside the curb.

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GO Buses will start servicing Confederation station this November

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With the announcement of a market-driven approach to delivering new infrastructure across the GO Transit network, Metrolinx has decided to scale back the plans for the development of Confederation GO station. For the time being, they are giving priority to getting more service to West Harbour, which is ready to receive more customers and underutilized.

Starting November 2nd however, the GO bus route 12 stop currently located at Barton Street and Nash Road will move into the bus loop on the north side of the Confederation station site, off Goderich Road. Approximately 60 parking spaces will be available.

10 B-LINE EXPRESS gets extended; Saturday service starting September 1st

There are some pretty solid service changes coming in September to the HSR in Hamilton. The most notable of a change is to route 10 B-LINE EXPRESS, the East-West express bus that operates between the Eastgate Transit Terminal and University Plaza in Dundas. The route has added service on Saturdays and service on weekdays has been extended by three hours, ending at 10:00pm instead of 7:00pm.

Route 44 RYMAL will get extended north to the Walmart Plaza just south of the QEW every day of the week while 56 CENTENNIAL will return to operating on weekends only in the area. 18 WATERDOWN will also see a short extension to Plains Road in Burlinton to make up for the removal of Burlington Transit’s 1 PLAINS bus from the Aldershot GO Station.

Here is a summary of the changes coming in September.

Operator Maurice Powell celebrates 50 years with HSR

Monday, August 19th, 2019 marks a significant day for Transit. 50 years ago, Operator Maurice Powell joined the HSR – making him the first transit operator, and only second employee in the history of the City of Hamilton to reach this milestone!

Joined by staff, family and friends, Hamilton City Council recognized Maurice at the start of their Council meeting this morning.

Maurice has been driving routes 27 UPPER JAMES and 35 COLLEGE for as long as there are records, every day, Monday to Friday starting at 4:30am. HSR Staff – past and present, along with the City of Hamilton leadership team and Council will be celebrating Maurice and his steadfast dedication, commitment and love of his job with formal festivities on Monday, August 19 from 12 noon to 2 pm at the Mountain Transit Center, where there will be special guest and partnership announcements.

More train service added for West Harbour GO Station

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Today it was announced that 84 more GO train trip are being added and 65 existing train trips each week are being extended across GO Transit’s network to bring more rush-hour, midday and evening service.

“We’re delivering on our promise to expand transit in Ontario by offering more service, more trains and more choice for GO customers,” said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation.

The changes are another step in the GO expansion program. GO Transit is doubling rush-hour service for West Harbour GO, and weekend Niagara service will now run all year, though these trains will continue to bypass West Harbour GO Station in Hamilton.

Service added to Hamilton includes:

44 RYMAL extended north to Walmart in September

Beginning Fall 2019, route 44 RYMAL will be extended to service Walmart on Centennial Parkway just south of the QEW. Customers along the corridor between Eastgate Square and Walmart will benefit from 30 minute frequencies in non-peak mid-day service periods, 20 minute frequencies in am and pm peak service periods, and 1 hour frequencies in the night-time service period.

Customers along the corridor will also benefit from expanded hours to match the current route 44 RYMAL span of approximately 5:30 am to 12:30 am Monday through Saturday and 6 am to 12 midnight on Sundays.

The extension greatly exceeds the current service span and frequency of 56 CENTENNIAL.

Burlington Transit making big changes come September

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Burlington Transit is making some significant changes come September. Beginning on September 1st, 2019, Burlington Transit will make big changes to the transit system, including the introduction of new routes, schedules and frequencies.

Burlington Transit is moving more towards a transit system that operates on a grid network, with bus service along the city’s most-travelled roads in an east-west and north-south direction. The city states that establishing a grid network will create a transit network with more frequent and better-connected service to help meet the mobility needs of the community.

For the most part operating on a grid network eases confusion of the network as a whole and making navigating to and from destinations much easier.

HSR Fare Increase effective September 1st, 2019

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As part of the ten year transit strategy, HSR fares are increasing effective September 1st, 2019. The increases are a continuation of the Ten Year (2015-2024) Local Transit Strategy.

Authorized ticket and pass vendors will begin to sell 2019-2020 Tickets in mid-August with a new expiry date of August 31, 2020 and which should be used effective September 1, 2019.

The fare increases are detailed below.

Upcoming Spring 2019 HSR changes

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Effective April 28 2019, HSR will be implementing changes affecting several routes.

Re-routing of Route 7 LOCKE due to construction will begin on April 28th and remain in effect for the duration of the project. Buses during this time will not service Locke Street directly. Buses will travel southbound on Queen Street South and northbound on Dundurn Street South. Re-routing buses will require customers to walk into the Locke St shopping district, but will allow buses to maintain schedule integrity.

Permanent re-routing of Route 34 UPPER PARADISE Will also begin on April 28th. This route has been impacted by a number of speed calming initiatives over recent years and buses are no longer able to remain on schedule. Upcoming changes to the route should make route 34 service more reliable for customers.

  • The route is being shortened and will now end at Main at MacNab rather than King at James.
  • Buses returning to the mountain will travel southbound on James Street South and then westbound on Hunter Street West to Queen Street South.

Permanent change to bus stops on King between James and MacNab Will also take place. The stop platform is being expanded to allow for greater accessibility for the six different route variations that operate at this location. The stops have been consolidated and re-aligned so that the buses running along Main St W (5-2 DELAWARE, 10 B-LINE EXPRESS) will operate from the stop closest to MacNab, while the buses running through McMaster University (1A KING5C DELAWARE, 51 UNIVERSITY) will operate from the stop closest to James.

Also starting April 28th is a trial stop re-location for the bus stop for Routes 2 BARTON and 3 CANNON from James at King back to James at King William. The trial will take place from April 28 until September 2019. The aim is to alleviate congestion created by multiple buses attempting to service a singular platform while at the same location 1 KING buses are attempting to turn onto James.

Finally the 56 CENTENNIAL Riverdale Pilot, has been extended until June 22nd, 2019.

March 18th, 2019 is Transit Driver Appreciation Day in Hamilton

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It’s hard to believe it’s been five years since we started to promote Transit Driver Appreciation Day in Ontario. It was called “Bus Driver Appreciation Day” back in 2014 when we started to spread the word about the day, which was found online in 2013.

At that point none of the transit agencies in Ontario celebrated the day and now, five years later many do.

On March 18th, join us in celebrating the contributions of our hard-working bus drivers and rail operators! That could be as simple as a smile and a wave when you board the bus or train, and a “thank you” when you leave. And, don’t forget to submit an official commendation for a job well done, so your drivers can be formally recognized for their efforts. (You can do that any time of year!)